A Travel Price Comparison for India Pondicherry vs. Munnar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pondicherry or Munnar?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Pondicherry and Munnar can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Pondicherry or Munnar?


Located on the eastern coast of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry has a long and interesting history of trade and war as the largest French colony in India. Today the French influence in the city remains, especially in the old quarters. This being said, Pondicherry very much embodies and east-meets-west culture.


The name Munnar brings the picture of vast tea estates in front of our eyes. The hilly region is full of tea plantations which spread across acres and acres. The misty valleys in between add beauty to the greenery along with clouds. With the soul-stirring surrounding and panoramic charm of nature, Munnar is enriched with an opulent floral beauty. The green tea meadows make it even more vibrant. If you want to sleep in the lap of nature for some time amid the utmost serenity, no other place in Kerala can be better than Munnar. So, unleash yourself here and get the most of it.

Which place is cheaper, Munnar or Pondicherry?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Pondicherry is $34, while the average daily cost in Munnar is $29. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Pondicherry and Munnar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pondicherry $16
    Munnar $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pondicherry $32
    Munnar $26
Compare Hotels in Pondicherry and Munnar

Looking for a hotel in Pondicherry or Munnar? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Pondicherry

Hotels in Munnar

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Pondicherry Hotel Prices and Munnar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pondicherry $5.70
    Munnar $5.12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Munnar

Also for Munnar, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Kochi to Munnar Transfer: $90

Is it cheaper to fly into Pondicherry or Munnar?

Prices for flights to both Munnar and Pondicherry change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Pondicherry $11
    Munnar $9.93

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pondicherry

For Pondicherry, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Indian Cooking Class in Pondicherry: $28
  • French-Creole Cooking Class in Pondicherry with a Local Family: $78
  • South Indian Dinner With A Local Family In Pondicherry: $153
  • Cooking class in Pondicherry (with Lunch or Dinner): $289

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Munnar

For Munnar, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 4-Hour Private Cooking Class in Munnar: $26

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pondicherry $11
    Munnar $12

Tours and Activities in Pondicherry

For Pondicherry, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Sri Arunachaleswara Temple Tour From Pondicherry: $48
  • Auroville Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • Best of the Pondicherry (Guided Full Day City Tour): $134
  • Cultural Day Tour of Pondicherry and Auroville: $262
  • Day Trip to Mahabalipuram (Curated Private Sightseeing Experience): $151
  • Guided City Tour in Pondicherry with complimentary refreshments: $47
  • Heritage & Cultural Walking Tour of Pondicherry : $15
  • Magical Pondicherry Markets Tour : $13
  • Pondicherry Art Trails (2 Hours Guided Walking Tours): $13
  • Pondicherry City Bicycle Tour: $170
  • Private Custom Tour: Pondicherry Sightseeing with Guide: $81
  • Private Walking Tour in the French Quarter of Pondicherry: $57

Tours and Activities in Munnar

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Munnar.

  • Half Day Hiking in Munnar Trekking Tour: $15
  • Wild Elephant Anakulam & Waterfalls Tour(munnar valley trekking): $68
  • Chettinad Crafts And Culture Tour - From Madurai: $214
  • Chinnar Wild-life Visiting Tour (Eravikulam National Park): $48
  • Chinnar wild valley experience day tour ( By Munnar Info): $16
  • Full Day Tour Of Munnar: $218
  • Full Day Tour Of Munnar With Lunch: $268
  • Full Day Trekking Tour In Munnar: $185
  • Full Day Trekking Tour In Munnar With Refreshments: $219
  • Half Day Sunrise Tour on Top Station, Munnar ( By Munnar Info): $75
  • Half day trekking (munnar valley trekking & tours ): $11
  • Kochi to Thattekkad/ Kallarkutty/ Munnar Tour (One Way Trip): $127

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pondicherry $6.95
    Munnar $6.15

When comparing the travel costs between Pondicherry and Munnar, we can see that Pondicherry is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Pondicherry Expensive? and Is Munnar Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Pondicherry or Munnar?

Pondicherry has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Munnar. When comparing the sizes of Pondicherry and Munnar, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

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